The next morning, Luinwe realized that his offering to the fey watching the caves had gone untouched. They knew now that they needed to attack the hidden masters of the valley, the clerics of Erythnul. Liam asked to join them and give these filthy things a piece of his mind (and axe), while Torus asked for a day to reconnect with his chakras (or something of that sort). Approaching the valley, they thought about their options. While they discussed going after the owlbear, the gnolls or the clerics, they decided that they had to take out the gnolls first, making sure they had a way out if things went bad.
With less caution than previous days, they ran up to the gnoll cave. Immediately on entering, they were attacked by the three gnoll sentries, all dressed in the white of Calastan. Heading further in, they defeated another five gnolls standing guard over a locked room. Following a side passage they found the main living area, with the six gnolls left giving them quite a challenge.
They then found the packlord and his five mates. Though difficult, between Feolas’ flaming sphere, Liam’s axe, Nova’s rapier and Luinwe’s bow the leader of the gnolls soon fell.
Searching the area turned up the entrance to another secret corridor and the skeleton of a former adventurer who had died in the tunnel. The secret tunnel emptied out into a strangely clean storage room. The smell of death and decay permeated this area, giving the party hope that they had found a secret entrance into the cleric’s caves. While still carefully checking for traps, Luinwe was grabbed and absorbed by a gigantic cube of clear slime. Now knowing what had happened, the others leaped into action.
Luinwe struggled to free himself as the acidic nature of the gelatinous substance ate away at his flesh. Getting free, he was soon reabsorbed into the cube. The rest of the party engaged the ooze, but Feolas got too close and was absorbed as well. The acid bringing the Eladrin to death’s door. Finally, Nova and Liam cleaved the thing into two and that seemed to be enough to discorporate the thing and free their companions. Nork’s quick action saved Feolas, but they were too spent to move further into the area.
They chose to hold up in the gnoll caves until rest gave them the edge they needed to succeed. If that was the first of the cleric’s guardian creatures, what were they in for.
Luinwe took watch on the valley.